EXCLUSIVE: Intriguing French animation I Lost My Body has its world premiere in the Critics’ Week section of Cannes on Friday. Check out the first trailer above for the film from director Jérémy Clapin who co-wrote with Amélie‘s Guillaume Laurant.
The story, which is a loose adaptation of Laurant’s 2006 book Happy Hand, follows a severed hand that escapes from a dissection lab with one crucial goal: to get back to its body. As it scrambles through the pitfalls of Paris, it remembers its life with the young man it was once attached to… until they met Gabrielle.
This is Clapin’s feature directing debut; he previously appeared in the Short Film Competition of Critics’ Week with 2008’s Skhizein. He has called I Lost My Body “an urban, modern fairy tale about destiny and resilience.”
Clapin further told Critics’ Week, “The challenge was finding how to show the hand, its behavior, its gaze, and inventing a physical vocabulary to convey emotions since it has no eyes or expression. Hence, we gave it a backstory, a childhood. These questions lead me to create complex languages, the one of the hand, which at the beginning escapes from its refrigerator to find its body. And Naoufel’s, the solitary pizza delivery man, to whom the hand belongs. He meets Gabrielle through an intercom 35 stories away. These two destinies merge into one story.”
From Marc du Pontavice’s Xilam Animation in co-production with Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Cinéma, I Lost My Body is being sold here by Charades.
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